Amazing History Sunday at the Oldest Tavern in America Right in Ocean County, New Jersey
According to Wikipedia Cedar Bridge Tavern is believed to be the oldest intact bar in the United States, built in 1740 making it nearly 300 years old. The Cedar Bridge Tavern is located right here in Ocean County in Barnegat Township.
According to Wikipedia "According to a 1981 survey by preservationists working with the New Jersey Office of Cultural and Environmental Services, the Cedar Bridge Tavern was estimated to have been built around 1740 close to a stage coach route between Camden and the Jersey Shore. The wood-sided tavern with the long front porch has served as a hotel, restaurant and bar for travelers. Ocean County purchased the property from its last owner, Rudolf Koenig, in 2008 for $120,000. The structure still sits on dirt road and is surrounded by pine trees."
This weekend you can step back into time at this historic landmark on Sunday. "Commissioner Virginia E. Haines announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation will be celebrating the 19th commemoration of the 1782 (240 years ago) Affair at Cedar Bridge, at Cedar Bridge Tavern, located at 200 Old Halfway Road in Barnegat, NJ on Sunday, December 11th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm."
What a fantastic way to relive this historic event from 1782. Complete with reenactors, activities, and food (while supplies last). Reenactments of the historic skirmish will take place at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm.
According to Wikipedia "On December 27, 1782, forces for the new republic led by Captains Richard Shreve and Edward Thomas were informed that notorious Loyalist John Bacon was in the vicinity of the tavern. They engaged Bacon and his Loyalist bandits (known now as "Refugees") at Cedar Bridge. A brief exchange of gunfire took place, and Bacon and his men were able to escape. One Patriot was killed, and four were wounded. Four Loyalists were wounded, including Bacon."
Be a part of this Ocean County history Sunday. Participants should park along Ocean County Route 610 and the County will provide shuttle buses to the fully restored Ocean County Historic Site.
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